Scripture is iconographic. One of the interesting features of some icons is that the farther you look into the picture, the larger things become rather than smaller. The next time you see an icon that has scenery, look closely. Look at the windows, for instance. There may be one relatively small window at the forefront of the icon. Another window, obviously in the background, is much larger than the one in the foreground. Or look at the buildings. The buildings tend to get bigger in the back rather than smaller, as we would expect. Do you see what this does? It totally reverses our normal artistic perspective in which the picture recedes to a vanishing point.
—M. Robert Mulholland Jr., Shaped by the Word: The Power of Scripture in Spiritual Formation, Anniversary Edition (Upper Room Books, 2023)
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God’s word is living, active, and sharper than any two-edged sword. It penetrates to the point that it separates the soul from the spirit and the joints from the marrow. It’s able to judge the heart’s thoughts and intentions.
—Hebrews 4:12 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Help us, O God, to let you do whatever you want to do in our lives. Help us to say yes to you at the center of our being. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
—M. Robert Mulholland Jr., Shaped by the Word
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